According to CNN,
"While the president said he stands by the Second Amendment and recognizes the traditions of hunting and gun ownership in the country, he told a crowd at a gathering for the National Urban League in New Orleans that there is work left to be done in tackling the problem.
'I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals," Obama said. "That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.'"
Lots of problems here. That deranged creep in Aurora did not use an AK-47. He did not even use an assault rifle. He used a semi-automatic AR-15, a shotgun, and a handgun--all of which he transported in violation of Aurora city ordinances and used in a "gun free" zone.
It is virtually impossible to buy an "assault rifle" in the United States, be it an AK-47 or any other type, and has been since FDR's first term in office. The liberal media bandy about the term "assault rifle" because it sounds cool and menacing. I remember having to deal with U.S. human rights activists in Central America who always liked to throw in the phrase "large caliber rifle" when they wanted to attribute a killing to the local military. I used to tell them again and again, that if the killing had been done by a "large caliber rifle" then the military didn't do it as they used "small caliber rifles." That did no good; it just sounds a lot cooler to say AK-47, "large caliber," or "assault rifle."
Despite the Hollywood nonsense, criminals and urban gangs in the United States are not equipped with AK-47s or any other type of "assault rifle" or automatic weapon, be it Uzis, or M-16s.
No army uses the AK-47. The commander-in-chief should know that.
We might also want to point out that it is this President who has committed the most egregious act of gun violence in the past several years. His administration deliberately sold thousands of weapons to Mexican drug gangs in an effort to "prove" that somebody could sell thousands of guns to Mexican drug gangs . . . if that somebody had the support of the Department of Justice and the ATF in doing so. Nice experiment, Mr. President. You killed hundreds of Mexican citizens and possibly two US federal agents.
We might also want to point out that this last weekend saw three people fatally shot and twenty-six others wounded by gunfire in Chicago. During the 2010-2011 school year, 24 Chicago students were killed by gunfire and another 319 wounded. This is happening in one of the most ferociously anti-gun cities in the country, and one run by Mr. Obama's closest political allies. In 2011, "gun-free" Chicago (population 2.7 million) had 441 homicides. With almost the exact same population numbers, "gun crazy" Utah had 39 homicides in 2011.
Mr. President? Hello?